Two Hyundai Engines Receive SAE International Horsepower Certification

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 21, 2013 - For the first time, SAE International has certified engines for passenger cars from non U.S. automotive companies through its "SAE J1349: Engine Power Test Code - Spark Ignition and Compression Ignition - As Installed Net Power Rating” technical standard.

Hyundai submitted two engines used in the Elantra and Genesis models. Both engines were certified and are now included in SAE International’s database. That database now includes nearly 250 engines – including 210 from passenger cars and 37 from small utility vehicles.

Engine certification is based on a series of self-certification tests conducted by the manufacturer that are witnessed and verified by an SAE International-qualified observer. The procedure for certification is outlined in SAE International’s standard J2723; the actual horsepower testing procedure is described in J1349. Engine manufacturers are free to cite power and torque figures derived from testing conducted outside the scope of the SAE International standards, but in those cases they may not claim those figures are "SAE J1349 Certified Power."

SAE International’s Horsepower Certification Program was created in 2005. Small engines were added to be covered by the program in 2011 under the standard for gross horsepower rating, “J1995: Engine Power Test Code-Spark Ignition and Compression Ignition- Gross Power Rating.”

The full list of certified engines can be accessed by visiting

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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